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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Climate Change?
Climate change describes a change in the average conditions — such as temperature and rainfall — in a region over a long period of time. NASA scientists have observed Earth’s surface is warming, and many of the warmest years on record have happened in the past 20 years.
Will my efforts help or is it pointless?
As highlighted in the video your teacher showed you about personal responsibility, small actions do count and it is something we ALL have actual control over. Doing our part is empowering and can influence our family and friends as well as creating proper habits for the future at work and beyond.
Where can I find utility bills?
Some companies will send paper bills in the post to your home while others might have an online account where you can log in and see your usage of energy or Kg of waste as well as the cost. It might even be a combination of both, for example your household might receive paper electricity bills on a monthly basis but your waste data might be on an online account. The first port of call is to check with the adults in the household. There are some videos in the link below that you can watch from home with your parents about how to measure carbon emissions from your utility bills. https://www.fiftyshadesgreener.ie/measuring-home-utilities
If you don’t have access to a water meter what do you do?
Don't worry if you haven’t got a water meter, there are many houses that don't have one. However, you should definitely still continue learning the water conservation module and follow the actions that we suggest including calculating your water flow rate of taps and showers as well as cistern capacity and the ways in which you can reduce this to help conserve water. Every bit of water conservation helps!
Are reusables safe during COVID?
Single use plastics came back in full force across industries such as hospitality due to COVID19. However, there was never official enforcement given about not accepting for e.g. reusable coffee cups. Thousands of businesses are still however, not accepting reusables and using only disposable cups. However, when asked if it is safe for cafes and baristas to make beverages in customers’ reusable cups, Dr. John Nwangwu, Professor of Epidemiology & Global Health and Consultant to the World Health Organization, told Food Tank simply, “Yes. It is safe.” The same applies to other reusables such as refillable ketchup/mayonnaise bottles at a takeaway - once the business is practising good hygiene standards and sanitising ALL touch points there is no reason these reusables aren’t safe.
Is recycling pointless?
We would never advocate that recycling is not worth doing. There are many items that can be recycled with many more being added to the list. However, it should always be the LAST RESORT. Reduce, reuse and then - recycle. In fact, reduce, reuse, repair, repurpose and THEN recycle.
Where do I locate the wattage of light bulbs?
All light bulbs, whether they are traditional, fluorescent or LED bulbs, will have a wattage rating printed somewhere on the glass or on the metal collar of the bulb. Before you take out any light bulb, ensure the light has been off for a while so that the bulb itself is not hot when you touch it. Always ask an adult for help to ensure you do not hurt yourself!
My appliance says it uses 300 watts but the Carbon Emission charts ask for a kWh figure?
1 kWh = 1000 watts, so for appliances that give you energy use in watts you can divide by 1,000.
300watts = 0.3 kWh
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